Leila-“Dear diary, I hope no one makes fun of my cinnamon bun hair clips…”
|Ooooh Code Geass, whenever I hear your name my mind jumps right to the very first opening of season one! You know the one right? Colors by Flow which is freaking awesome, but we’re here to talk about a new movie series called Code Geass Boukoku no Akito and it follows the timeline of the year 2017, the gap between R1 and R2, when Lelouch’s memories were erased.|
|Amidst all of the fall season excitement, I almost missed that this even came out. …So I’m very grateful to Fosh for reminding me about it. While we don’t have the fabulous Lagrange mecha to talk about anymore, at least we’ll always have Nightmare frames and CLAMP character designs. …Right?|
In between R1 and R2…
…The clothes are so freaking tight…
Kara // So one thing I liked about this was that it wasn’t trying to be a Code Geass 1.5 (…yet). It threw us outside of Area 11 and gave us a familiar world from a completely new point of view with its European setting. Aside from the preview, they didn’t even try to incorporate the main CG characters in. For this first episode, I liked the fact they worked on establishing new characters, allowing us to focus on them instead of distracting us with the old ones. I know for sure that if they had even shown us a side character like Milly, I would have cared about what she said and did more than anything Akito or Leila did. Another thing I liked was the depth of the characters. Akito is pretty well established in his place in the world, yet we know nothing about his past. Who is he? They revealed just enough to make me care about his character and yet still left me guessing as to who he is. This show would have been completely different if we had just followed a montage of his childhood to get to this point.
Chicks dig giant robots!
Commander-“Aw crap your machine looks cooler than mine!” Akito-“Prepare to taste my metal fist!”
Akito-“I could be at home watching anime, but I am stuck fighting in my giant robot.”
Fosh // No seriously girl’s love them, right? At least that is what this amazing song told me! So, I am here to talk about the various mecha and the mechanical design team for this OAV series, but I am only familiar with a few of the series they worked on. We should start off with Akira Yasuda, Kenji Teraoka, Takashi Miyamoto and finally Takumi Sakura! Together all of them have worked on Code Geass collectively and a few of them have done various stuff for Mouretsu Pirates, Horizon in the middle of nowhere, Aquarion, lots of Gundam stuff, Ghost in the Shell and recently Accel World just to name a few and damn is that list impressive! About the machines in this OAV: for starters the main character uses a special Knightmare frame nicknamed Alexander and it looks totally badass to me! However, Akito does fight a lot of the random EU soldiers who pilot the usual Sutherland Knightmare aka the basic troop type along with a special “commander” version called a Gloucester, which has additional weapons like swords and they usually have fancy capes! Why? Because they add extra style of course…just kidding it really makes them an easier target on the battlefield.
So there you have it! A quick rundown of the machines found in this first OAV episode, but Code Geass in general is filled with some of the best looking mecha of all time like the Shinkiro, Gawain, Guren S.E.I.T.E.N and who could ever forget the Lancelot Albion? So are there any machines that you like from Code Geass universe or is your first real experience seeing them? Aside from the super cool looking robots blowing up there really wasn’t anything different to show up other than the new claw like machine during final showdown with Ryo Sayama’s Knightmare Frame.
Cool dudes and sexy ladies
Akito-“Everyone else looks strange…” Lelia-“They have the Clamp character design virus.”
Lelia-“Oh no I totally left the driver behind! Oh well I can buy another one right?”
Fosh // I suppose we should talk about our two main characters with Akito Hyuuga and Leila Malcal these two are quite cool in certain ways, but I enjoyed how both of them interacted together even though they have the whole important person/bodyguard set up going on to bring them together and damn I think Leila’s character design is quite sexy along with that fancy outfit of hers… And what about our main male? What makes him so awesome? For starters he is a really impressive mecha pilot as we saw at the start and ending of this first movie. However, Akito can kick your ass without even using a giant robot! Seriously just give that dude a high powered gun and he will take anyone out with no issues at all. As far as designs go you can always expect Clamp to all out for the special characters, but there are lots of random background people walking around that looked completely horrible! Just take a look at that fat dude during the big party who talked to Leila? What…the…hell…was that thing!? I swear it looked like a freakish troll or something, but Clamp is known for having characters with spaghetti noodle arms and legs, but anyway I am sure we all have known that right for a long time.
Kara // I like these characters already. Why do I like them? Let’s go into details. One: Leila’s design is awesome (keep in mind that I’m a CLAMPtard and therefore, my opinion is absolutely full of bias). …Also, I like uniforms. I wasn’t so much into the damsel in distress part of the movie with her asshat of a brother, but what impressed me was that she could actually hold her own in a fight without needing Akito. Stopping a sword with your bare hands is pretty badass in my books, though Code Geass has always been pretty good at making its female leads actually capable. …Or at least Kallen and C.C. were. I guess I like Leila because she reminds me of C.C. (even personality wise a bit) and I can’t wait to to see them interact. …If they haven’t already since the ED shows a young girl who kind of looks like Leila and someone dressed like C.C. was in the preview together. Anyways, enough about Leila. Akito is pretty cool as well and as a non-mecha fan, I can truthfully say that I enjoyed the hell out of the fight that happened at the beginning. If glowing red eyes have taught me anything in this show, I’m pretty sure that Akito is under some sort of Geass. What, how and why? I have absolutely no idea. It adds that extra layer of interest to his character though. Even the three from the end were interesting. I always love plot devices where two or more who just tried to kill one another need to work together for whatever reason.
A small thing I picked up from this episode was the fact that the random soldier A couldn’t pick up that Akito was Japanese just from sight. Sure, there are more types of Asian then just Japanese, but… how the hell do these characters tell one ethnicity from the other? Everyone is tall, skinny, relatively pale and they all have anime eyes. As a viewer, how am I supposed to realize that those people with brown hair are European, but Ryou (who also has brownish hair) is Japanese? Sure, they told us, but if they didn’t, I sure as hell wouldn’t have know. It’s not even that big of an issue for me, but I guess I’m just curious if the Geass world even has ethnicities looking different from one another. Especially since racism is such a huge part of the series.
Awesome Geass powers!
Akito-“Who else wants their ass kicked?!” Soldier-“Oh god please pick me! Pick me!
Xin-“You really need a haircut bro.” Random guy-“Thanks for the advice! I shall do it myself.”
Kara // Speculation time! Is Akito’s Geass influence similar to Suzaku’s in some way? He said he’s fighting to die, so maybe he was commanded to live no matter what and hopes to die in battle (assuming whatever hit him is the same type as Lelouch’s)? Or maybe there are circumstances like “live until there’s world peace”. …Wouldn’t it be crazy if it was Lelouch that made him that way (somehow)? What do you think? Also, we know that Xin has a Geass, but does Leila? If her and C.C. actually did meet in the past at some point (can C.C. give the Geass to more than one person at a time? I forget)… Either that or I’m just reading way too much into the ED. The people behind this sure knew how to set up an intriguing set of characters. Anyways, I’m sure we’ll find out about that later.
Fosh // I agree Kara! I think Akito’s is under the same type of Geass like Suzaku because like you said his eyes were totally glowing during his first battle scene, which tells me he is either under a spell or his power has yet to be officially revealed to us? At least we know that Shin Hyuuga Shaing is rocking some crazy Lelouch like power after he made that other guy kill himself; however I can only assume that he is the official bad guy of this short series? Then again we all know how those ideas work towards assuming certain characters are main villains *cough* Rinne no Lagrange *cough* with any anime we all know an official “main” villain can pop up at any moment just to cause trouble for everyone! At least there are no Moid’s to worry about this time around.
Since this series takes place during the short gap where Lelouch lost his memories from season one, we were pretty much left with a huge mystery to think about, but I really hope Boukoku can clear the air about what happened during that time and it sort of explains why we saw a shot of Suzaku and C.C. in the preview because the official events of the second season have not taken place yet.
Extra Geass fun
Dude-“Hey kid I like your face…” Akito-“Hhmmm? Come closer I didn’t quite hear you.”
Akito-“You smell good…I think I will eat your ear.” Dude-“OH CRAP! HELP!”
This is Gammon‘s new gig until season three of Phi brain rolls around.
Yuri all up in your Code Geass universe.
This certainly was an interesting take on the Code Geass universe! I mean the action was amazing even though most of the actual combat was done with a mix of CGI and normal animation; however it was some great CGI none the less. I kind of wish this was an actual movie or a possible twelve episode series instead of four OAV “episodes” because it just feels really short to me, but did you like it or were you left wanting more like me? Was anyone freaking out like I was over the PREVIEW? Oh my god! The PREVIEW WAS THE BEST PART of this episode because we got to see some familiar characters like C.C. and Suzaku? I just can’t wait for the next part and I wonder who else will suddenly pop up for some random screen time? Kallen and the rest of the Black Knights possibly? Anyway stay tuned to Metanorn for more Code Geass Boukoku no Akito!
I loved every minute of this. Not only did this new spin off of Code Geass have a great setup, but I think I like this cast better than the old one (…mostly because I watched the first two Code Geass seasons when I was in my harem hating phase). The ‘evil’ Britannians of this season seem like good enough people to be interesting opposition (for the most part) and even that Xin seems to have a deeper reason for killing off his own side. …In fact, he reminds me a lot of Lelouch since that flashback kind of looked like what happened with his mother and what screwed over his childhood. Not to mention that the entire scene reminded me of the Clovis one (yay parallels). …Plus the whole Geass thing. Anyways, there was just so much here and it looks like there’s so much to come! Especially since C.C. and Suzaku seem to be in the next OAV in this series! I’m super excited!!
C.C. – “I could go for some food right about now. You know the Pizza Hut hotline?!”
C.C. lives and Akito fights with his new team mates…